For investment managers, the capabilities most in demand this year from retirement plans, endowments and foundations will be global and emerging markets investing, hedge funds, private equity and real assets, according to the 2011 Consultant Search Forecast.

The survey, conducted by technology firm eVestment Alliance and consulting firm Casey, Quirk & Associates, polled 55 investment-consulting firms in the U.S. and Canada responsible for a combined $10.4 trillion in assets under advisement. Several key trends emerged that Casey Quirk & Associates says could reshape institutional investment in North America. They include: 1) Ongoing portfolio globalization; 2) An increasing role of “alternative” investments—hedge funds, private equity and real estate; and, 3) A greater emphasis on “outcome-oriented” strategies by using risk budgeting and return attribution.

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